Global Manufacturing Data by Country

I am still looking for a good source for manufacturing data by country and year. Today I found some data from the United Nations Statistics Division. The data for the top five manufacturing economies: China, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and United States. Figures are in current $US billion. The data used is for Mining, Manufacturing and Utilities (because China and Germany do not have manufacturing data separated out).

Country 2001 2002 2003 2004
United States 1,781 1,779 1,876 2,012
Japan 991 929 1017
China 507 551 638 754
Germany 421 449 545 613
United Kingdom 280 283 322 378

For manufacturing output only:

Country 2001 2002 2003 2004
United States 1,460 1,463 1,523 1,623
Japan 866 812 894
United Kingdom 220 223 254 298

This data shows the United States manufacturing economy is continuing to grow and is solidly the largest manufacturing economy: which contradicts what many believe. It is true manufacturing jobs are decreasing in the United States and worldwide – China is losing far more manufacturing jobs than the USA.

I including some information on the manufacturing economy in my post to the Curious Cat Science and Engineering blog: Phony Science Gap? and referenced my previous post here, Manufacturing and the Economy which reminded me that I wanted some updated data.

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  7. Questions:

    1) Please define a manufacturing job?

    2) An engineer designs a computer chip in America, but it produced in China. Is the engineer’s job in America counted as a manufacturing job? If so, how many of the manufacturing jobs in the data fall into this category (an engineer (or other American) designing something that is actually built in another country.

    3) Do you have a graph of manufacturing jobs in America over time for key industries such as: machine tools, computer chips, cars, airplanes, etc.

    4) How does America’s market share vary over time for the industries listed in question #3?

    If you don’t know these answers, direct me and I will dig them out.

    Thanks,

    Ex-computer chip manufacturing employee

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